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  1. Same thing. Revit uses hatches and provides a line-based insulation tool to create the batt fold pattern.
  2. Thanks for the clarification. I guess what I should have wrote down is "the inability of previous versions of Revit to effectively share a project beyond the local network".
  3. 'Single file' is inaccurate and can be confusing. I think the more appropriate term would be 'central file' solution. Our office is practically 'Revit-based', and I can not imagine a large project stored in a single file especially if you're talking about multiple buildings. Possible if you really want to but it could potentially cause some stability and memory issues on your hardware as well as coordination problems. We use linked Revit and Autocad files all the time. Forget structural. Have you seen how big a mechanical 3d model looks like? Believe me, you don't want to include that when you share your model with anyone else in the team. Mike, what your linked article discusses is the inability of Revit to share a project beyond the local network and how worksharing works.
  4. One technique is avoid doing them. Why not create a 3d model instead?
  5. Posted this as a wishlist request almost 3 years ago: reference dwg A definite biggie if VW added this feature.
  6. >I tested this though on VW and SU and it's either 1 or 2 clicks 3 commands more with SU. Fixed that for you.
  7. Quick Sketchup question: How does one accurately move an object at an angle --- say 2 feet at 35 degrees NE?
  8. I still don't get why this is such a big deal to you guys. Just in case you are not aware of it yet but Revit, the 'industry-leading' BIM software, doesn't allow you to model in perspective view as well.
  9. That does it --- I'm sold. All these years, I've been doing my 3d models in VW and exporting them to SU. Never again.
  10. Just to clarify why my wall example (technically) can't be done with the new wall tool --- the metal siding is installed above the stone veneer. In Revit, there are two ways you can do this. You can either use 'stacked' walls or model the wall and stone veneer separately. In both cases, wall openings are automatically cut. FYI.
  11. Thanks, Mike. I guess for rendering purposes, this is a great improvement. My problem with having to model the stone veneer separately is that you have to manually subtract the wall openings.
  12. So how does one create an exterior wall with metal siding finish and a 3 ft high stone veneer base?
  13. Can anyone confirm if 3d hatching --- specifically for wall, floor and roof surfaces --- is now supported in VW2011?
  14. Vectorworks is definitely you're best alternative if you don't want to upgrade. (You do know that Revit 2011 is already out, don't you?) Keep in mind that VW objects won't be as intelligent as Revit's and you should be ok. Here are some things to be aware of if you do make the switch: - walls need to be drawn in every level/layer to be visible. In revit, a 'tall' wall created in 1st floor plan, shows up in the 2nd floor plan as well. Not so in VW. - walls won't automatically attach to roofs. - dimension objects won't disappear when you delete the object/s being dimensioned. - VW supports dynamic dimensions but it won't be as sophisticated as Revit. You'll miss the ability to distribute objects evenly using the dimension tool in Revit. - VW will feel much faster and snappier than Revit - Multiple windows aren't allowed. Saved views palette is your friend. - You will miss Revit's align tool. - If you're looking for intelligent object library resource like Revitcity, I don't think you'll find anything comparable. But then again, most downloads in Revitcity are garbage and poorly created. I think VW even has the advantage because it can import 3d models in a variety of file formats. - You will have a better 3d toolset in VW such that custom doors, windows and other objects are much faster and easier to create in VW. - Renderworks won't be able to create realistic renders but it would still be a better choice compared to Revit's rendering capabilites. - Grid objects don't show up in elevation and section views in VW. You have to draw them manually. - Sheet management is where I think VW needs to catch up with Revit. Section and detail callouts will not automatically update when you move your views across different sheets. - You have more control in your text objects in VW. You can have multiple styles and fonts in a single text object. - Learning the new UI in Revit 2010 or 2011 will probably take you 3 days to a week. Learning VW will probably take 2 weeks. Being productive and comfortable enough will probably take a month or two.
  15. Which item are you referring to --- the "Cut 3d Section" or the "Create Section Viewport..." command?
  16. I believe walls spanning multiple layers has already been requested in the wishlist. In the meantime, just put the wall in its own layer and move on.
  17. Gerrit, Check out the flyover tool's interactive origin mode if that works for you. Also cmd-6 for zoom to fit. But I think I get what you mean wherein you want to define an object's origin. Unfortunately, there's no such thing in VW. Ariel
  18. One tip I can offer at the moment is that you need to take advantage of saved views and name them appropriately. Keep the saved views palette open as well so that switching views is just a double-click away. hth. Ariel
  19. FYI, here's confirmation that Autocad for Mac OSX is on the way: link
  20. Ariel


    Sorry you've completely lost me. What's the "tricky situation"? Ok let me try again. Two people took the file home. Both used their admin permission to override. Who 'wins' when they bring back their updated files to the office? You're kidding about Visual Compare, right? It's just a 2d drawing overlay. Uh, I think Autocad already got us beat on that one. Yeah right.
  21. Ariel


    Care to illuminate us? You took the file home, remember? From what I understood, you said you can still do the override as long as you have admin permissions. Believe me, I have no intention of questioning Archicad's superiority. With your previous scenario in mind, I was talking about two people intentionally working on copies of the same reference file. Both for example are working on their schemes for a particular layer. What I'm describing is VW's ability to overlay both reference files. This way a team leader would have a better understanding on what changes are going to be made and catch errors before committing. Oftentimes, with a one-file system, a team members don't even realize changes had been made until after the fact.
  22. Ariel


    You can get into a very tricky situation if Archicad can really do that. In Revit, only one person can work on a set at a time, period. If you need to work on a locked portion, you have to wait for someone to release it first. Yes, this can slow down your workflow but makes more sense if you ask me. I'm not saying that this can't happen but I think if you're going to make changes to a copy of a referenced file you should be smart enough to know the consequences. And with 'cloud computing' increasingly being the buzzword in the tech world, I don't see this scenario worth looking into. One advantage of WGR though is you can overlay two or more files to visually compare what the changes/differences are. You can even 'cherry pick' items you want before deleting the obsolete file/s. Can Archicad do that?
  23. If you think the ribbon interface isn't so bad, check out these videos of a Revit user's not so favorable review of the new UI: link
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